online student time management

Using Google Docs as Online Student

Among the things that online students point out as the most important to success are time management and staying motivated ( see all the seven factors listed in this Educause article ). Clearly, it’s easy to get side-tracked if you don’t have to go to a class at a particular scheduled time – remember this was actually the best thing about asynchronous classes when you signed…

Protect your eyes: a particular concern for online students

  While online students face many of the same problems as traditional students on the ground, a different sort of concern can be raised out of the convenience that a fully online degree program can afford. What is it? It’s called CVS. Computer Vision Syndrome, not to be mistaken with the lines of pharmacies, is the…

Google Add-ons: MailChimp, HelloFax, EasyBib and Many More

At first, I wanted to write about Arts and Social Work, but that was quite a bit of a stretch as I was only going to tell you guys about a very cool Google Chrome extension (only works in Chrome, of course) called “Google Art Project” . It can enrich your web browsing experience by opening a beautiful piece of art every time you open a new tab…

Feedback

We have already touched upon the subject of feedback , and its peculiar and often subjective qualities and content. Today we resume the topic of feedback and challenge you to an exercise in feedback. We know that good feedback is always contextual, and is often tricky. Some of the trickiness is in the object of the feedback. Usually, it’s easy to…

Gamification – An Implementation of Immersive Role Playing

Former colleagues of mine, Robert Prince and Owen Guthrie of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, developed a journalism course wherein the professor constructed the lesson plan to mimic the internal organization of a struggling newspaper. The students in the course were new hires looking to climb the professional ladder he’d constructed for them, from intern…

A New Paradigm: An Integration of Online Social Work and International Travel

We will be shifting gears today a bit, and will feature an article authored by Leslie Yaffa and Amy Storch on the Social Work in the Caribbean course and their experiences in Jamaica with a cohort of online students who came together for the first time.   http://www.nyu.edu/classes/keefer/waoe/yaffal.pdf If any of you would like to share…

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Gamification: The Bartle Test

In academia, “Gamification” is the ( lately hyped ) practice of applying game design to instructional design. The basic idea behind it is that well designed games motivate players to spend inordinate amounts of time learning the system of the game and boatloads of extra lives and respawns trying to beat/win/“game” the game. If one were to…